Slab provides a flexible permission system to control who can view or edit your post. You can keep your posts tightly controlled, or share them with a wide audience, including everyone on the web.

Specifically, there are multiple ways to share a post:

  • Share directly with specific teammates

  • Share through the post link

  • Share through topics (only applicable to published posts)

Basics

Post owner

Each post has an owner who has all permissions to the post. The owner can edit the post and is the only user who can verify it. By default, the initial post creator is the owner.

To update the post owner:

  1. Go to the post page

  2. Scroll down to the bottom

  3. Under the OWNER section, click Edit

  4. Search and select the new owner

  5. Press Enter to save

Default behavior

When you create a new Slab post, it is in draft mode and viewable only by you. If you share the post link with a teammate with a Slab account, they can view and edit it.

Once a post is published, the link no longer grants any permission. The post access is determined only by its user and topic membership.

Viewing post's permissions

To view a post's permission settings, click the Share button in the top-right corner of a post page. The Share dropdown provides exhaustive details about who has access to your post and their permission level.

Sharing directly with specific teammates

Sharing directly is the most straightforward way to add a teammate to a post.

  1. Go to the post

  2. Click on the Share button in the top-right corner

  3. Click on Add topics or users input

  4. Search and add the teammate

For published posts, you can assign one of the two possible levels of permissions:

  • Editor: can edit the post

  • Viewer: can only read the post

Sharing through the post link

Slab posts have unique URLs that guarantee privacy. You can control who can access the post through the link, including sharing the post publicly on the Internet.

Possible options for drafts:

  • Direct (default): any teammates with the post link can access the post.

  • Public: Anyone on the internet with this link can access this post.

  • Disabled: the post link alone does not grant any access.

Possible options for published posts:

  • Internal (default): the post link alone does not grant any access.

  • Public: Anyone on the internet with this link can access this post.

To edit the link settings:

  1. Go to the post

  2. Click on the Share button in the top-right corner

  3. Click on the Link access dropdown

  4. Choose the access level

Sharing published posts through topics

Published posts are also shared through their topics. Topic members and owners may gain either the editor or viewer permission depending on the topic settings. Read more details in Topic Permissions.

A published post with no topics is accessible and searchable by anyone in your organization.

Multiple topics

Topics apply additive access to posts. For example, if you have two private topics, Engineering and Product, applied to a post "Design Spec", both the members of Engineering and Product can view "Design Spec".

Similarly, in the above example, if Product were an open topic, everyone in your organization could access the "Design Spec" post.

Interactions

Post Mentions

Slab has a helpful feature that turns linked post URLs into an embedded mention. Because the title of the post is included in a Slab post URL, the title of a post, when mentioned in another post, is not considered secret.

For example, if a post "Features Roadmap" mentions another post, "iPhone 20", everyone who can access "Features Roadmap" will be able to see the title and URL of the mentioned "iPhone 20" post. However, only users that can also access "iPhone 20" will see a preview of its contents when hovering over this mention.

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